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Facilitation Techniques for the Sprint Retrospective

About the Sprint Retrospective

Event Purpose: 

The Scrum Team inspects how the last Sprint went; individuals, interactions, process, tools and Definition of Done. Output: the Scrum Team adapts by identifying the most helpful changes to improve its effectiveness.

Facilitator Focus: 

Enable a safe atmosphere in which everyone in the team feels open to participate. Listen actively to what is said and what is not said. Open the floor to different perspectives. Build consensus and clearly define next steps. 

 

How to Facilitate the Sprint Retrospective 

In this Introduction to Facilitating the Sprint Retrospective video, you'll learn step-by-step how to guide your team through a Sprint Retrospective with techniques such as the Prime Directive, the Perfection Game, Dot Voting and Affinity Mapping so that your team can leave the Sprint Retrospective with ideas on how to improve.

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In this Introduction to Facilitating the Sprint Retrospective video, you'll learn step-by-step how to guide your team through a Sprint Retrospective with techniques such as the Prime Directive, the Perfection Game, Dot Voting and Affinity Mapping so that your team can leave the Sprint Retrospective ...
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Facilitation Techniques for Common Problems

Want to create a safe environment and get the team on the same page? 

 

Want to avoid groupthink? And/ or want to come up with many different ideas?

  • Try diverging & converging techniques such as silent brainstorming, 1-2-4-al, crazy 8s, grouping (affinity mapping)
  • Try participative techniques such as White Elephant
Blog Post
Some time ago, whilst discussing this topic with my fellow Professional Scrum.org Trainer Todd Miller, he shared his experience with using White Elephant principles to enable a participative facilitation environment (thanks Todd!). It inspired me to use it and write this blog. 
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Ready to explore different perspectives to solve problems with the team?

Spice up your Sprint Retrospectives with regularly changing formats 

Not sure what improvement actions to work on next? Craving consensus?  

  • Try Five Ways to Build Consensus
Blog Post
One of the things I struggled with at the start of my Scrum Master journey was building consensus in the team. Wanting to stay objective, give everyone space and time whilst still craving for a decision was a challenge for me. My own indecisiveness with regards to how to handle this ultimately did n...
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Resources:

 

Learning Series
The Sprint Retrospective is the last event in the Sprint. Unlike other Scrum Events where the focus is on inspecting and adapting ways to improve the product, the Sprint Retrospective is a place for the Scrum Team to inspect and adapt their working practices.
 
 

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